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Visibility Opportunities

As we are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed, one of the many perks of NWEN membership is the coaching, exposure, and feedback loop available for our members. We have three unique programs to help get you on your way!

Pub Night: NWEN Idol

NWEN features two fun-filled formats at our popular bi-monthly pub nights, held at a variety of locations in the Puget Sound area. Once a quarter, we offer our members the opportunity to pitch their business at "NWEN Idol," where you'll get 3 minutes in the limelight in front of a friendly (beer-drinking) crowd, and one guest celebrity judge.

The rules? No suit, no powerpoint, and no asking for money. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get feedback, ask for help, and make new friends. By applause-o-meter, the crowd will pick their favorite pitch and the winner will get free admission to our next pub night! If interested, email NWEN

Breakfast Buzz: Coffee Talk

Our Breakfast Buzz events have drawn great crowds and rave reviews, and are offered monthly in locations around Bellevue and Seattle. In addition to the casual networking, inspirational keynoters, and lively panels, we've added a 5-minute "Coffee Talk" presentation. Our audience enjoys keeping their finger on the pulse of startups, and the presenting company benefits from both coaching and exposure. To participate in this program, we have a streamlined one-page application, and if we haven't already heard you pitch at pub night, will grab a quick cup of coffee with you to assign you to a coach who will work with you to make your quick pitch as good as it can be. Email our Assistant Director, Caitlin Goetze to get started!

First Look Forum

Twice a year, NWEN gives the investment community a "First Look" at 12 innovative businesses over the course of an afternoon. This is a participation sport, with the invite-only investor audience voting on the most compelling startups. With some 18 angel and investment groups represented at this event, the showcase provides an incredibly rich networking opportunity for entrepreneurs.

How to participate?

  • If you've pitched to an organized angel group or obtained VC funding, then you're too far along for "First Look." We promise our investor audience a fresh showcase with deals that haven't already been shopped around the Puget Sound.
  • We're looking for innovative, scaleable businesses with promising teams. Applicants have the greatest chance of progressing if they at least validated the market and started to answer the question of "will the dog eat the dog food."
  • Applications open in January and again in June in preparation for April and October events.

Early-bird applicants get some insider tips and a reception, but all applications will be screened by a steering committee. The top 20 get assigned a pair of coaches, and the top 12 present at this fun-filled showcase.

Last but not least.....

Event Calendar Submission: NWEN strives to be a resource to its members. If you have an event that you feel would be beneficial to our membership, please email it to us to be posted on our events calendar at


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